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As times get tougher in the world of college funding, students have been motivated to get awfully creative in their attempts to meet college costs and get (or stay) out of debt. In the past we have seen several new (though not necessarily effective) ways to pay for college popping up around the web, including…
I’ve discussed some of these tactics with you already (see the articles attached to each link) and why they may or may not be useful… But are these ideas TOO outside the box?
Give a Little, Get a Little
While some of the ideas above seem might seem like it will be a trip down Easy Street to fund your student’s college years, most of them are likely to fall short of covering the college bills. The good news is you still have some other options that are a bit more sure-fire.
The Usual Suspects
So, do you think these strategies are reasonable, practical, or just a little too outside-the-box? Whatever your opinion, I recommend that you consider a wide range of options before you make any final decisions about your college funding plan (you can always give me a call if you’d like to discuss creating a college funding roadmap!).
Meanwhile, don’t give up on the traditional ways to pay for college! Remember to file your FAFSA soon to increase your odds of getting free federal aid–it will also give you access to consumer-friendly federal student loan funds. And don’t underestimate the value of private scholarships–review my private scholarship how-to for pointers!
All the best,
Deborah Fox is the founder of Fox College Funding®, a nationwide company that helps families find creative ways to reduce their college costs.